|THE RO-RO TEAM – Manuel Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo|
MANILA — Administration Liberal Party candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and Camarines Sur Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Thursday filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (CoCs) at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros.
This brought to two – Vice President Jejomar Binay (UNA) and Roxas (LP) – the major candidates for president and overall to 58 presidential aspirants with COCs.
Roxas filed his CoC ahead of Sen. Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares with runningmate Sen. Francis Escudero who are expected to file their COCs later.
It was gathered that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may yet change his mind again and run for president and may file his COC on Friday, October 16, last day of filing of COC.
Roxas was accompanied by his wife, television host and news anchor Korina Sanchez and his mother Judy Araneta Roxas, vice chairman of the Araneta Group of Companies, while the Bicol solon was with her three daughters when both submitted their CoCs that sealed their tandem for the May 2016 polls.
The Liberal Party’s (LPs) presidential aspirant promised the people that their tandem would aim to continue the Aquino administration’s stance in fighting corruption through “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path).
“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa ating mga kababayan sa pagakakataon na pinagkakaloob nila sa amin at ialay ang aming sarili bilang kakatawan ng daang matuwid at ang pagsulong ng laban para sa daang matuwid [We thank our fellowmen for the chance to serve. We offer ourselves to the nation in our pursuit to continue with the Straight Path],” Roxas said in a short speech after filing his CoC.
“All in na po kami ni Leni sa aming pag-file ng aming CoCs. Ibibigay po namin ang lahat sa laban na ito. Ito ang laban na dapat lang na ipaglaban. Laban para sa ating mga kababayan. Laban para sa lahat ng pamilyang Pilipino at sa kaginhawaan na pangarap nating lahat [We are going to give our best in this fight. This is a fight for our fellowmen],” he added.
For her part, Robredo, wife of the late and former Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo who died in a plane crash in 2012, said she is ready to serve the Filipinos and offer herself as their servant.
With this, she asked the support of the people in their quest for the top two positions in the land.
Before filing their CoCs, both national candidates attended a Mass at the Manila Cathedral with President Benigno Aquino III, their families and supporters.